Don’t Be Fooled by Club’s Racy Name

Danielle Perez wanted memorable name for club

Sexual connotations aside, Book Whore Book Club evokes images of literary prostitution, of women who would promote a novel they may or may not like in return for money or some other unsavory favor.

The name couldn’t be more misleading.

Founder Danielle Perez says she wanted a name that caught people’s attention “because I was so sick of reviews that lied to help promote books.”

But Book Whore? Perez, 27, says her first pick was Book Angel Blog. “My father told me if I was going to start a truthful review blog, I better start with the name, because an angel I am not,” she laughs.

The eventual name grew out of friends kidding Perez about her passion for books she’d read and wanted others to try. She says friends began calling the book whore for recommendations before they went to the bookstore.

As newcomers find the club and blog, some love the name and some hate it. But all remember it, Perez says. Mission accomplished. Members from at least eight countries might weigh in when she unveils a new book and kicks off online discussions that tackle several chapters a week for a month.

Perez kicks things off by posting a few questions. Club members respond, and the discussion is underway. The only one not invited is the author.

“It’s the best and worst of both worlds, I’m afraid,” Perez says. “Sometimes it’s very hard to see the mixed thoughts on characters you (the author) have raised, nursed and loved into creation.”

Indeed it is. Here are the Book Whores’ initial thoughts about Bella. I’m looking forward to the next round, and the one after, and hope that at some point I can speak directly to one of the more intriguing and thoughtful clubs out there in cyberspace.

What’s the coolest experience you’ve had with a book club, either online or in person?

 

 

5 Comments so far »

  1. Danielle (@DBookWhore) said,

    Wrote on May 12, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    Well it is only week two, a time will come for you to join in with us.

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    Steve Piacente Reply:

    Anxious to hang with you guys, Danielle!

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    Steve Piacente Reply:

    Am anxious to hang with the club, Danielle!

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  2. Leah Spiegel said,

    Wrote on May 13, 2012 @ 3:54 am

    I just wanted to post about my positive experience with the Book Whore Book Club. I was a participating author this past February for the book club. My experience was a very positive one. I sent my book Foolish Games to Danielle Perez for a review at her website Book Whore, but her father read it first and loved it so much that he encouraged Perez to read it.
    Due to his enthusiasm, Danielle Perez decided to take a chance on my book and contacted me about a new book club she was starting. Once we were both on board for the project, Perez asked me if I would like to donate a book or two, but that it was not a requirement. Thrilled to be a part of the experience, I donated four books. Perez also donated three free eBooks out of her own pocket.
    Perez might not have officially invited me to participate, but that didn’t stop me from visiting the website and reading the comments. I remembered feeling nervous at the beginning because I didn’t want my book to be criticized. What transpired for the next couple of weeks was one of the best experiences I have had so far in my writing career. Perez would post three to four questions for the club members to discuss. I got to read everyone’s reaction to my book and then post my own answers and explanations on my own website.
    The friendships I made with those other book bloggers and readers were something I have taken with me that has enriched my life.

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    Steve Piacente Reply:

    Thanks for sharing that, Leah. I, too, am enjoying this experience and so far find the questions and answers thoughtful and provocative. Learn more about author Leah Spiegel here: http://www.leahspiegel.com/

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